Lesson Plan

So You Think They Put a Man on the Moon?

Students will be introduced to an engaging scenario setting up the stage that we are running out of natural resources on Earth. However, scientists claimed that some of these resources were found on the moon during the Apollo missions.
Darren D.
Classroom teacher
Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Englewood, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Objectives

Students will be able to...

Students will be introduced to an engaging scenario setting up the stage that we are running out of natural resources on Earth. However, scientists claimed that some of these resources were found on the moon during the Apollo missions. Students will be exposed to the history of the Apollo missions and will need to figure out how to reach the moon and extract the resources needed for Earth. Students will need to design how to return the resources back to Earth.

Students will learn aerospace engineers design technologies that can fly inside and outside of the Earth’s atmosphere. Rockets are one example of an aerospace technology and will be the main engineering technology kids will explore. Students will work through the EDP process to explore variables while engineering or reengineering a vehicle for space flight.

  • Students will be able to test different variables that can affect the flight of a rocket. Each group will focus on one variable and share their findings.
  • Students will know how different variables can affect the way their rockets fly.
  • Students will be able to work as engineers often work in teams and share ideas with each other.
  • Students will construct a LEGO rover designed to extract natural resources from the moon.
  • Students will be able to create models run tests before building a real technology.
  • Use technology Google Sketch-up to design their project.
  • Students will be able to engineer a model rover and model rocket to explore a moon or planet.
Subjects
Math
estimation
graphing
measurement
multiplication
Science
Grades 5
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/Attention Getter

Develop a Kahoot It! quiz to assess prior knowledge on the engineering design process and aerospace engineering.

-EDP Process- Engineering Design Process

-Aerospace Engineering

forces on a rocket
rocket components
history of space flight

-Redesign of current technology> rover design to extract natural resources.

Student Instructions

Students will be assessed on their prior knowledge by participating in a Kahoot it! quiz. 

2 Direct Instruction

Students will be exposed to an engaging scenario that describes that we are running out of natural resources on earth. However, scientists reported that these resources were found on the moon during the Apollo missions. Students are then led on an a PBL unit focusing on the driving questions: 

Can we go to the moon to search for resources?

How do aerospace engineers create new technologies to reach faraway planets and moons they need to explore?

Students will be able to test different variables that can affect the flight of a rocket. Each group will focus on one variable and share their findings.
Students will know how different variables can affect the way their rockets fly.
Students will be able to work as engineers often work in teams and share ideas with each other.
Students will construct a LEGO rover designed to extract natural resources from the moon.
Students will be able to create models run tests before building a real technology.
Use technology Google Sketch-up to design their project.
Students will be able to engineer a model rover and model rocket to explore a moon or planet.

Student Instructions

Students begin their PBL unit attempting to answer the following questions: 

Can we go to the moon to search for resources?

How do aerospace engineers create new technologies to reach faraway planets and moons they need to explore?

Students begin using sites like NASA to research space travel and rover construction.

3 Guided Practice

Students will begin to research the guiding questions using various websites provided and the NASA app. Students will be divided into collaborative groups and will discuss possible solutions to get to the moon to mine for resources. Students are then led on an a PBL unit focusing on the driving questions: 

Can we go to the moon to search for resources?

How do aerospace engineers create new technologies to reach faraway planets and moons they need to explore?

Students will be able to test different variables that can affect the flight of a rocket. Each group will focus on one variable and share their findings.
Students will know how different variables can affect the way their rockets fly.
Students will be able to work as engineers often work in teams and share ideas with each other.
Students will construct a LEGO rover designed to extract natural resources from the moon.
Students will be able to create models run tests before building a real technology.
Use technology Google Sketch-up to design their project.
Students will be able to engineer a model rover and model rocket to explore a moon or planet.

Student Instructions

Students will be broken down into groups and assigned several websites to explore in order to answer the driving questions. Students will learn about basic rocketry science and start to create a prototype via Google Sketch Up. Students will also be exposed to rover/ robotics science and create a LEGO prototype of a rover that would solve the driving questions.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will build and test basic air pump rockets based on design created by their groups. Students will them make improvements to rockets and also add a rover or weight that represents a rover to their rocket. Students will explore how the weight/variable alters the flight of their rocket.Students are then led on an a PBL unit focusing on the driving questions: 

Can we go to the moon to search for resources?

How do aerospace engineers create new technologies to reach faraway planets and moons they need to explore?

Students will be able to test different variables that can affect the flight of a rocket. Each group will focus on one variable and share their findings.
Students will know how different variables can affect the way their rockets fly.
Students will be able to work as engineers often work in teams and share ideas with each other.
Students will construct a LEGO rover designed to extract natural resources from the moon.
Students will be able to create models run tests before building a real technology.
Use technology Google Sketch-up to design their project.
Students will be able to engineer a model rover and model rocket to explore a moon or planet.

Student Instructions

Students will build basic air pump rockets and test and improve their designs with the goal to answer the driving questions. Students will create a working rover using LEGO WEDO robotic kits to solve the problem of mining for resources on the moon.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Students will discuss the driving questions and their solutions to the questions.

Can we go to the moon to search for resources?

How do aerospace engineers create new technologies to reach faraway planets and moons they need to explore?

Students will be able to test different variables that can affect the flight of a rocket. Each group will focus on one variable and share their findings.
Students will know how different variables can affect the way their rockets fly.
Students will be able to work as engineers often work in teams and share ideas with each other.
Students will construct a LEGO rover designed to extract natural resources from the moon.
Students will be able to create models run tests before building a real technology.
Use technology Google Sketch-up to design their project.
Students will be able to engineer a model rover and model rocket to explore a moon or planet.

Student Instructions

Students  will present their final rocket and rover design that answers the driving questions. Students will make claims and provide evidence for what worked and what failed. Students will create a list of next steps and questions to answer based on the experience.